Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

It is: Year-old re­vi­sion of the van-car con­cept with five seats in­clud­ing a 2:1 ra­tio rear bench. Slid­ing side doors and am­ple head, el­bow and head room make a use­ful carry-all with rea­son­able re­fine­ment for the money.

Prices: Open at just £11,870 for the 90bhp 1.6 petrol model, rated at 192g/km CO2 and 35mpg.

Test car: Ex­pres­sion dCi 106 diesel, from £14,351.52.

Mo­tor: 106ps 1461cc giv­ing 177 lb ft torque at 2,000rpm for good in-gear flex­i­bil­ity .

Econ­omy: Re­nault’s fig­ures are 44mpg ur­ban, 56.5mpg ex­tra ur­ban, 51.4mpg com­bined, with 146g/km CO2. On test, it recorded 34mpg in ur­ban and ru­ral driv­ing, and 46mpg on the mo­tor­way.

Length: 166 inches (4.2m). Height: 71 inches (1.8m). Width: 72 inches (1.83m) plus mir­rors. Weight: 1430kg. Wheels: 15 inch steel.

Au­to­matic gears: With the 105bhp ver­sion of the 1.6 petrol en­gine for an ad­di­tional £1,000.

For: Car­ries ev­ery­thing with ease. You may find it hard to live with­out once you’ve had one. Eco­nom­i­cal. “In­creased re­li­a­bil­ity was the aim from the ear­li­est de­sign stages,” says Re­nault.

Against: Not pretty, not trendy, even with a surf board on top.

More: 08000 723372.

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